After a multiyear search, authorities have arrested a former Idaho man accused of killing his wife in Canyon County in 2015 earlier than fleeing the nation.
Erasmo Diaz was arrested in Mexico on Saturday by Mexico Federal Police and members of the U.S. Marshals Service, in keeping with a Monday morning information launch from Canyon County.
The arrest ends a six-12 months manhunt. Diaz has been needed for the reason that June 11, 2015, killing of 39-12 months-outdated Amparo Godinez Sanchez in Wilder. Police say Diaz shot Godinez in entrance of their kids.
At a information convention Monday afternoon, Canyon County Sheriff Kieran Donahue and different members of native and federal regulation enforcement supplied what particulars they might concerning Diaz’s arrest.
Donahue mentioned he was notified Saturday morning that federal police in Mexico arrested Diaz in an undisclosed a part of the nation.
“This has been a tremendously long team effort,” Donahue mentioned.
According to Statesman archives, Diaz fled the state after his wife’s demise and deserted his automobile roughly 12 miles away in Adrian, Oregon. Police actively sought Diaz ever since — a warrant for his arrest in the killing was issued in 2015.
Donahue mentioned Diaz was in a position to slip via the web solid by regulation enforcement and escape to Mexico. In addition to collaboration amongst native, state and federal authorities in Idaho, regulation enforcement labored with the federal government of Mexico with the assistance of Sen. Jim Risch, Donahue mentioned.
Though there isn’t a timetable for Diaz’s extradition, Canyon County Prosecuting Attorney Bryan Taylor mentioned that as of Monday, Diaz will face a depend of second-diploma homicide and shall be held on a no-bail warrant.
“Once we get Mr. Diaz back into the state of Idaho, he will be prosecuted to the fullest extent,” Taylor mentioned.
Amparo Godinez Sanchez celebrated her thirty ninth birthday with a flaming dessert. She went to Las Vegas with a number of of her associates.
In 2016, Godinez’s children described her to the Statesman as a form, humble one that was at all times keen to assist others. She was the center of their household, and her kids described their fear over Diaz being on the run.
“I don’t really think we’ve been given that chance to really grieve for her because, right now, we’re so afraid that he is still out there,” mentioned Laura Diaz in 2016.
Laura and her sister, Judy Diaz, have grow to be advocates for survivors of home violence.
After listening to the household’s story, Democratic Rep. Melissa Wintrow proposed a bill in 2018 that may block anybody convicted of misdemeanor home violence towards a partner or accomplice from proudly owning weapons for 2 years. The proposed invoice would have mirrored a federal regulation.
However, the invoice failed to pass the Republican-dominated Idaho House.
Erasmo Diaz had a historical past of violence towards his household earlier than his wife’s killing. After assaulting Godinez in 2008 — he hit her throughout an argument and threatened to shoot members of his household — Erasmo Diaz pleaded three felony prices all the way down to misdemeanors.
After serving a 90-day jail sentence and finishing a 12 months of probation, he efficiently petitioned the court to regain control of three handguns that had been seized after his arrest. Because Idaho didn’t have a regulation in place, Erasmo Diaz was in a position to get the weapons again.